With foxes running scarce, U.S. hunting clubs target coyotes

Oct 17, 2014

With foxes running scarce, U.S. hunting clubs target coyotes

American fox-hunting is a sport so steeped in tradition that riders still wear ties and blazers and cry out “Tally ho!” at the sight of prey. But it is adapting to one dramatic change: Coyotes have displaced foxes in the wild and become the ...

Oct 15, 2014

Chinese media say Putin's tiger attacked henhouse

Chinese media say a rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin has attacked a henhouse in northeastern China, raising concerns that farmers may hunt it down. The official Xinhua News Agency says the animal, known as Kuzya, was believed ...

Oct 15, 2014

Gun-slinging patrolwoman chases off polar bear at Alaskan home

A gun-slinging Alaskan wildlife manager chased off a massive polar bear that broke into an 81-year-old’s house in a remote community to feast on a drum of seal oil, the Alaska Dispatch News reported. Armed with a 12-gauge shotgun and nonlethal firecracker slugs, officer ...

Rattlesnake repertoire boosts snakelike robot's skills

Oct 12, 2014

Rattlesnake repertoire boosts snakelike robot's skills

How do you make a better snake robot? You study snakes, of course. Researchers have conducted experiments to learn precisely how sidewinder rattlesnakes are able to climb sandy hills, then applied the reptiles’ repertoire to an existing snake robot so it could do the ...

Oct 10, 2014

Satellite sees hot spot of methane in U.S. Southwest

A surprising hot spot of the potent global warming gas methane hovers over part of the southwestern U.S., according to satellite data. That result hints that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies considerably underestimate leaks of methane, which is also called natural ...